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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is photophobia?

Photophobia is a condition that causes your eyes to be sensitive to light.

What increases my risk for photophobia?

What other signs and symptoms may occur with photophobia?

You may have any of the following, depending on the cause:

How is the cause of photophobia diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine your eyes and ask when your symptoms began. Your provider may ask if you have other symptoms, such as fluid draining from your eyes. You may need the following tests:

How is photophobia treated?

Photophobia is treated based on the cause. You may be given any of the following eyedrops:

What can I do to manage photophobia?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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